Monday, September 16, 2013
T.J. Yeldon apologizes for TD celebration
By Greg Ostendorf
Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon did his own Johnny Manziel impersonation, mocking the Texas A&M quarterback’s “show me the money” celebration after scoring a touchdown during Saturday’s game. He added a double throat-slashing gesture at the end which drew a flag for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
On Monday, the sophomore running back issued an apology.
“I want to apologize to everyone for my selfish actions on Saturday,” Yeldon said in a release. “That is not the way I want to represent myself, my family and our team. That is not the way we do things at Alabama. This is something that I will learn from, and I will use better judgement in the future.”
Yeldon rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown in Alabama’s 49-42 win over Texas A&M. Although coach Nick Saban was less than pleased with his star running back after the penalty, he stuck with him for most of the game. Yeldon finished with 25 carries while the rest of the team combined for 11.
However, the next time the Crimson Tide got close to the goal line, it was Kenyan Drake who punched it in for the score. The fellow sophomore rushed for 50 yards on seven carries in his first action of the season.
Both backs should play a major role again this weekend along with Jalston Fowler, but Saturday’s game against Colorado State also should allow for some of the freshman running backs to get some carries.